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Meals on Wheels Funding Reductions

Meals on Wheels facing funding reductions, wait list

Despite receiving more applications each year, our Meals on Wheels program has always been able to meet growing demand. Between 2012 and 2015, we increased the number of individuals served by nearly 40%, delivering a record 436,828 meals in one year.

Unfortunately, unexpected loss of funding from traditionally reliable sources has meant that for the first time, applicants now face a wait of up to five months before they can be added to the program.

The implications of this change for our community’s seniors is dire, and addressing this issue a core priority of our organization. While we are currently exploring funding opportunities to build the capacity of this program in the future, we greatly appreciate any additional support.

Learn more in the following stories from recent publications:
The Seattle Times
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Want to help?
Make a contribution on our donation page.
Attend our fundraising breakfast, Reimagine Aging, on Sept. 14 and make a contribution: soundgenerations.org/reimagine-aging

Seattle Housing Levy

Seattle Housing Levy: Prop 1 on ballot Aug. 2

Affordable housing in Seattle continues to be a serious issue that affects many older adults and adults with disabilities. Seattle is a great city, but housing affordability is a serious issue. The new seven­year Seattle housing levy, replacing and expanding the expiring housing levy, is a proven broad­based response that helps working families, young people and seniors to remain in the city. It also provides supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness, safe housing for victims of domestic violence and their children, and emergency rental assistance to keep families from losing their homes.

Since 1981, Seattle has voted five times to produce and preserve affordable housing. Each levy has exceeded its goals. We have funded more than 12,500 affordable homes throughout the city, provided loans to help 900+ households purchase their first home, and provided emergency rental assistance to 6,500 households at risk of eviction and homelessness. Levy-funded housing provides affordable rents for 50 years or more.

Proposition 1 will cost the owner of a median assessed home $122 a year ­ just $5 more per month over the expiring levy. Seattle is becoming unaffordable for hospital workers, preschool teachers, seniors, and people on fixed incomes. Five dollars more per month is a small price to pay for a huge return on investment for our community. Do you live in Seattle? Learn more about Proposition 1, the Seattle Housing Levy here.

Two New Support Series at Southeast Seattle Senior Center

Two New Support Series at Southeast Seattle Senior Center

Are you currently mourning the loss of someone in your life? Our Grief Support Series welcomes those who have lost a loved one and are seeking a space to receive support through the grieving process. This group will be held Tuesdays, 9:30 – 11 AM from Aug 2 – Sept 20.

Also this summer, we are hosting a Support Series for Those who Hoard designed for those experiencing emotional difficulty or isolation due to extreme clutter. This group will be held Thursdays at 1 - 2:30 PM from July 14 - Sept 1.

To find out more, please contact Southeast Seattle Senior Center.

Group Health Steps Up To Support Seniors

Group Health Provides Significant Funding for Critical Programs

Group Health Van

Group Health and Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) announced earlier in the week that they have solidified a stronger collaboration and commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of older adults and communities in the Puget Sound region.

At a celebration hosted at the Central Area Senior Center, Sound Generations CEO Paula Houston, Ed.D announced that Group Health has donated a total of $400,000 to support programs that improve the lives of older community members. “As we have seen significant funding reductions to seniors from traditional sources, this is an extraordinary gift,” said Dr. Houston. “Group Health is donating $200,000 in unrestricted funds to Sound Generations and $200,000 which will be distributed to 12 Seattle senior centers. This is a new level of support from our partnership, which dates back nearly 40 years.”

The senior centers include Sound Generations’ Community Partner sites, Ballard NW Senior Center; Central Area Senior Center; Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center; Sno-Valley Senior Center; Southeast Seattle Senior Center; Senior Center of West Seattle, and six others, Asian Counseling and Referral Services; Chinese Information Service Center; Greenwood Senior Center; International Drop-In Center; Pike Market Senior Center; and South Park Senior Center.

Group Health Van

Group Health is also helping Sound Generations extend their new name and increase visibility for the Meals on Wheels and Minor Home Repair programs by implementing new branded wrapping for those programs’ vans.

Chris Fordyce, MD, a Group Health family medicine doctor and geriatrician, explained that staying physically and socially active are key to health as we age. In addition, supports to help people stay in their own homes, like Meals on Wheels and Minor Home Repair program, are critical to quality of life.

Group Health Van

“We at Group Health celebrate our long time partnership with senior centers for exercise programs and social gatherings, as well as the in home services they provide,” Dr. Fordyce said. “These beautiful vans bring attention to the role both Group Health and our community partners play in the overall health of our communities.” Group Health Cooperative offers a unique health care system, care delivery and insurance coverage, in order to achieve one goal – affordable, quality health care for all. Our innovative practices at 25 medical centers and within major Washington hospitals have earned national recognition for medical quality, disease prevention, and evidence-based treatments. These priorities have remained the same since we began serving patients in 1947. As a nonprofit organization, Group Health helps nearly 600,000 patients throughout Washington state achieve better health. Our focus on preventive care, combined with medical education, a charitable foundation and a nationally recognized research institute, advances health in the community in a way no one else can. Group Health supports events, programs, and organizations that share this commitment to strengthening health in our communities. For more information about Group Health, visit www.ghc.org.


You GaveBIG for GiveBIG: Nearly $45,000!

Thank you to more than 300 generous GiveBIG donors who donated nearly $45,000 to Sound Generations’ programs and our Community Partner Sites, Ballard NW Senior Center, Central Area Senior Center, Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center, Sno-Valley Senior Center, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Senior Center of West Seattle and LakeCitySeniors.org.

You were very patient with the technical challenges on Tuesday, May 3 and then responded with extraordinary support both on our dedicated GiveBIG page and the revived official GiveBIG page on Wednesday.

We are very happy to report that Seattle Foundation will accept the value of the donations that came directly to us for GiveBIG in determining our match from the stretch pool. It will take a little time to submit our information and a report; we’ll share it as soon as we can.

Again, our thanks to all of you!

Sounde Generations

Senior Services is Becoming Sound Generations

As a supporter of Senior Services, you appreciate the important work we do to connect seniors and adults with disabilities - and those who care for them - to vital resources in their communities. With your help, we offer them information and assistance, provide them with meals, drive them to essential services, ease their loneliness and alleviate caregiver stress. You help us ensure that people can thrive and feel included and respected as they age. Thank you.

We are very excited to announce that Senior Services is changing its name to better reflect the positive, life-affirming work we do in our communities. Beginning January 1, our new name will be:

Sound Generations

We wanted a name that:
• is distinctive
• that provides a broader description of who we serve
• captures the essence of who we are and what we stand for
• is an evocative name that inspires people to ask questions rather than attempting to explain all we do
• includes a geographic modifier to ground us and to allow for organizational growth

We chose Sound Generations for many reasons. While our current name has served us well since Senior Services was founded in 1967, attitudes have changed. Today, we hope to enliven our presence in the communities we serve. We want to reach out to people who may benefit from our services but who might never consider themselves to be “seniors.” And we want to underscore our commitment to aging as an affirmative process that spans a lifetime, engages all generations, and that should be celebrated every day.

While our name is changing, our commitment to our mission and our gratitude for your support remain steadfast. We look forward to sharing more news – including a new look and messages - about Sound Generations in the New Year.

Halt Senior Hunger

Help Halt Senior Hunger for the Holidays!

On December 19, Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels launches our inaugural holiday fundraiser. You’re invited to help us halt hunger for homebound seniors in our community, and ensure they get enough to eat over the holidays.

Six local grocery stores will host the event from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 19. Our volunteers will provide information and you simply make a donation when you check out and you’ll help halt senior hunger.

Visit one of these stores:

  •        Grocery Outlet, 15625 NE 8th St., Bellevue
  •        Grocery Outlent, 236 SW 152nd St, Burien
  •        Grocery Outlet, 2809 NE Sunset Blvd, Renton
  •        Grocery Outlet, 13201 Aurora Ave N, Seattle
  •        Grocery Outlet, 11656 68th Ave S, Seattle
  •        Uwajimaya, Renton Village Shopping Center, 501 South Grady Way, Renton

Volunteer to help! You and your friends and family can volunteer for one or more two-hour shifts. Volunteers will greet shoppers, hand out informational postcards and let people know how they can help.

Some sobering facts about our seniors, their health, and how Meals on Wheels makes an impact:

  •        One out of six seniors in Washington faces the threat of hunger.
  •        Meals on Wheels reduces senior hunger through weekly home-delivered meals to homebound elders in
           King County.
  •        The majority of Meals on Wheels participants are low-income.
  •        Senior Services operates the largest and longest-running Meals on Wheels program in the state.
  •        Although many meal delivery programs use a wait-list, we never have. We’ve made a promise to
           deliver meals immediately to any eligible senior  
    who needs us.
  •        A whole year of Meals on Wheels for a senior costs less than a one-night hospital stay.
  •        Last year, Meals on Wheels delivered 420,000 meals to thousands of King County elders.
For more information or to volunteer, contact one of our Volunteer Project Managers: 
Thank you for joining us in this inaugural campaign to Halt Senior Hunger for the Holidays!

Visit one of the stores on December 19 between noon and 6 p.m., or come volunteer with us! With your help, we can halt senior hunger together. 


United Way of King County Cuts Funding for Seniors

Along with AARP and many other organizations that support older adults in King County, we are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities.

From AARP’s website: “United Way has traditionally played an “umbrella” role for human services in King County. Older adults have always been part of that umbrella for the past 50 years. United Way is one of the few funders that has provided leadership for supporting investments in the full range of human need, including older adults and people with disabilities.”

United Way reduces senior funding: KIRO TV
Senior Center of West Seattle's Year End Appeal: West Seattle Blog
Effect of funding reduction for Senior Center of West Seattle: West Seattle Herald
Ballard Senior Center facing funding cuts after United Way changes focus: Ballard News Tribune
Listen to the latest story from Washington News Service

Read more from AARP here. 
Read the Vashon Beachcomber editorial.

If you would like to learn how you can add your voice to our advocacy efforts, contact Joanne Donohue, joanned@info@SoundGenerations.org.

Seniors in the news

Seniors in the local news

We’re so pleased to see this local coverage about the importance of older adults in our communities.

Seattle Times Fund for the Needy

We are so grateful to be one of 12 local nonprofits who receive support from Fund for the Needy.

Read the launch story here.


Seattle Adds Funds to Help Seniors 


How Bingo Saved This Seattle Man’s Life


Seattle Looks to Help “Isolated” LBGT Seniors 

Soiree 2015

You Can Still Help Unleash The Magic for Seniors

Thanks to everyone who helped #UnleashTheMagic at our 32nd Annual Soiree Gala Dinner and Auction. We will be able to announce our final results soon. But we know we need greater investment in our elders now, more than ever before. Funding for vulnerable elders from government sources and United Way has been drastically reduced across our region. The goal for just the Raise the Paddle portion of the evening was $175,000 and we raised more than $80,000, so we are nearly halfway there. Help us raise the rest to ensure that seniors receive nutritious meals, have rides to critical medical appointments, maintain health and more. Learn how you can help and watch our newest video.

White Fragility

White Fragility: Why is it so hard for white people to understand racism?

Facilitated by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.

Thursday November 19, 1-4 p.m.

Registration: $60

This workshop will provide an in-depth analysis of the specific ways that racism manifests through white fragility. White fragility is the concept that due to living in a social environment that insulates them from racial stress, whites have not had to build their capacity for constructive cross-racial engagement. As a result, we often respond poorly to challenges to our racial worldviews. We will identify the socialization that leads to white fragility and the skills and perspectives needed to overcome it.

Learn more 


Equal Voice News: Ballard NW Senior Center

Thanks to Equal Voice News for this wonderful story, which highlights the challenges we face with cuts to government and United Way funding in our region. A great celebration of National Senior Center Month!

“In a small brick building in sight of the Ballard Locks, which connect bodies of salt and fresh water in this Pacific Northwest city, the aroma of meatballs and tomato sauce wafts up the stairs. In about half an hour, 35 or so regulars at the Ballard NW Senior Center will dig into a meal of spaghetti with meatballs, salad and roasted zucchini, accompanied by lively conversation with their table mates.

“Beverly Jaeger, 79, comes regularly for lunch. She lives a block away, and enjoys the center’s trips to see the daffodils up north, to museum exhibitions, even to the casino. “It gives me something to do. My kids are grown up,” Jaeger says.

“Jaeger and her lunch companions offer a preview of the “age wave” that is just now beginning to hit as the so-called Baby Boom generation — the more than 75 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – enters the retirement years. Ever since 2011, when the first Baby Boomer turned 65, more than 10,000 Americans celebrate that milestone birthday every single day. By 2030, demographers predict, fully one-fifth of the population will be 65 or older. Some estimate it could be 25 percent of all Americans by that year.”

Read the rest of the story 

Watch the video


Senior Center of West Seattle

It’s easy to visit the Alaska Junction in West Seattle and not know about all the great activities going on at the Senior Center of West Seattle, also known as “The Jewel of the Junction.” Located above the popular Stop ‘n Shop thrift store just off the corner of Oregon and California, is this vibrant Center that serves thousands of people every year. The thrift store itself is a community gathering place for many seniors and volunteers and also serves as a fundraiser for the Center.


It’s a place where Joyce, West Seattle resident, started working as a volunteer last Fall as a reason to get out of the house more. She started with two days but soon was up to three. “I really like working here,” said Joyce. “It’s a wonderful place with wonderful people.” Joyce does everything from sorting, pricing, ringing up customers, or just talking with those who have a story or two to share. 


Kim started coming to the Center just days after she moved to Seattle. Kim taught Business Occupations for many years and although she is 77 and retired she is happy to use and share those skills with others. She also finds she is learning new skills as part of the West Seattle Senior Center community. “I feel valued here,” she said. “It’s a special place.” 


On any given week, there are 50+ classes, groups, and events to attend. There are a wide variety of music, arts and computer classes as well. The Center also offers important health services like foot care, blood pressure checks, Reiki, and massage. Delicious, made-from-scratch lunches are served daily in the “Junction Diner,” created by their fabulous chef, Ellen. The Center also has a café where seniors enjoy fresh baked cookies, coffee, made-to-order sandwiches and homemade soup. Lunch is served daily, Monday through Friday, for $3 for those over the age of 60 and $6 for those under 60. 


The Senior Center of West Seattle also supports its local community by donating slow moving items from the Stop ‘n Shop thrift store to Tent City (Nickelsville homeless community) and by offering a food bank every Tuesday morning.  


The Senior Center of West Seattle will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September by doing what it does best – serving the many people who utilize the senior center every day.  





Southeast Seattle Senior Center

On a corner in Columbia City, next to a quaint and eye catching thrift shop painted like a gingerbread house, sits the Southeast Seattle Senior Center. The colorful mural on the outside of the Center’s building depicts some of Seattle’s history. Inside are people who have seen and done a lot over the years – and are still going strong. The bulletin board in the long hallway off the main entrance is a testament to the many activities taking place at this lively center. Activities that include weekly movies and Bingo, weaving classes, caregiver support groups, massage, exercise classes, field trips to horse racing, basketball games and casinos, computer classes and the list goes on and on.

Thelma is a member who has been coming to the Southeast Seattle Senior Center for the past 15 years. After retirement she started taking quilting classes there and soon volunteered to help at the center. She continues to work in the dining room every day. “I enjoy helping people and making them feel comfortable,” smiles Thelma.

Thelma also takes an exercise class at the Center but has found that staying busy with volunteering is what makes her feel her best. She comes from a big family that has shrunk over time and the senior center provides a lot of company for her. “Everyone at the Center is a like a big family,” stressed Thelma.

Other Center activities include yoga, quilting, bible study, driver safety, chess, cards and other games. A nutritious lunch is served daily, Monday through Friday, for a suggested donation of $3 for seniors over the age of 60.

The Southeast Seattle Senior Center will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September by serving some of the nearly 5,000 people who utilize the senior center annually. Cost for an annual membership is $50 per person and $90 per couple. 



Northshore Senior Center

When you drive into the parking lot of the Northshore Senior Center you know you’ve arrived somewhere special. Not only is the building and garden-like setting beautiful but the volunteers at the front desk immediately make you feel welcome. Chuck, Carolyn and Una enjoy their time together in the coffee shop – a lovely space with views of the outside patio dedicated to social interaction and great espresso. Each one of them has lost a spouse but has found friends, good conversation and laughter at the senior center. Chuck decided to give the lunch a try a few years ago and has kept coming back, every day, for the friendships and the excellent chef. “I find myself wanting to visit regularly and see the great people here,” said Chuck.

Mona decided to visit the center after she moved to the area from New York three years ago. She started as a volunteer working in the coffee shop and has also spent time in the travel office, doing PowerPoint presentations and helping with the rummage sale. She was excited by the work being done at the center and the friendly people so she decided to join as a member. It takes a lot of volunteers to make the center run and Mona feels good about what she is able to give back. Not only does the center serve as a great social connection for Mona but she has also been inspired by the people who come here. This includes people like Lloyd, who is active and involved at 93 years old. “The Center has expanded their programs a lot since I started coming,” said Mona. “I’m excited about what is on the horizon.”

The Northshore Senior Center offers a variety of game playing such as cribbage, pinochle, canasta and chess, along with classes such as fitness, computer, health education, art and music. Organized outdoor recreation includes hiking, golf, fishing, biking and bocce ball. Lunch is served 5 days a week for a suggested donation of $3.00.

The Northshore Senior Center will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September by doing what it does best – serving the 6,000 people who utilize the senior center (2,500 are members) annually. The cost for an annual membership is $35 per person and $60 per couple. The Northshore Senior Center is located in Bothell and also serves the Kenmore and Mill Creek communities.



Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center

Stepping inside the doors of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center isn’t as quiet and subdued as many people would think. There is a large, vibrant group of people enjoying lunch, attending classes and visiting the Bargain Corner Thrift Shop.

Wes has been coming to the center for 25 years, primarily for lunches. “The lunches are fantastic,” said Wes. “I’ve never had a bad one.” He recently learned to play pinochle and now joins the weekly games at the center.

Wes, who is a Pearl Harbor survivor, enjoys sitting with the usual crowd during lunch and it’s clear there are many friends here. When someone doesn’t show up for a regular visit, another member will check in and make sure everything is ok. “There are a lot of caring people here – people who are eager to help if you have a problem,” said Wes.

Wes’ favorite memory of the center is when his WWII shipmates held part of their reunion there during a lunch. The Center’s Senior Singers and their Hawaiian Hula dancers put on a show for the visiting vets. “It was everyone’s favorite part of their visit to Seattle,” said Wes.

Merlita started coming to the center as a volunteer to help at the reception desk several years ago. Her involvement deepened as she became part of the Board of Directors and a member of the hula group that calls themselves the Kupunas (“elders” in Hawaiian). The hula group has been in existence for over ten years and attracts a large range of ages, including a 95-year old woman. The group often performs locally - last year they did a show at the Evergreen State Fair. “I like the satisfaction of giving back to the community and I’ve made friends here as well,” stressed Merlita.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Center is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in September, which is also National Senior Center Month. It currently has 1,200 members and offers 65 different weekly activities including exercise, computer, quilting, woodworking, painting and life transition classes. The cost for an annual membership is $35 for individuals and $55 for couples.


Sno-Valley Center

Doug lived in the town of Carnation for twenty years before he stepped foot in the Sno-Valley Senior Center eight months ago. “I didn’t want to hang out with a bunch of old people,” said Doug with a smile. After his wife passed away three years ago, his neighbor Marty eventually convinced the 77 year-old to give the center a try. He has been coming to the center to have lunch three-four times a week regularly ever since. “The staff and members have made me feel more than welcome,” said Doug. “The lunches are very good and I eat healthier food here than at home.”

One of Doug’s favorite past-times at the Center has been Wii bowling. “Most of the Senior Services Centers participate in a Wii bowling competition where members try to best other members’ scores from other centers,” said Peggy McNamara, Sno-Valley Center Director. “It’s a lot of fun!”

A few months ago Doug suffered a heart attack and realized he needed to get in better shape. He started attending the center’s EnhanceFitness class, a national program created by Senior Services for seniors to get, and keep, in shape. “Before this class I couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded and taking a break,” said Doug. In fact, Doug has recruited his neighbor Marty to attend the fitness class. “He thought he was doing me a favor getting me to the Center but turns out we’ve helped each other out,” stressed Doug.

Doug has been overwhelmed by the friendships he has made since coming to the Sno-Valley Center, including a flood of cards and well wishes after his heart attack. “Being at the Center makes me feel good,” said Doug. “I feel wanted and more a part of the community.”

Peggy hopes to get Doug to share his woodworking skills at the Center sometime in the near future. The Center displays several pieces of art, often created by its members at the weekly artist studio class. The Carnation area fosters a creative environment and the Center tries to capitalize on that. They host a local artisan once a month from local organic farms to educate the seniors about their business. “It’s a great way to stay engaged with the valley entrepreneurs,” said Peggy.

The Sno-Valley Center serves Carnation, Duvall and Fall City. It has a growing membership of 450 with 50-100 people served daily, Monday-Friday, for lunch and activities. The Center will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September and its 40-year anniversary in November.



Ballard NW Senior Center

Once you step through the doors of the Ballard NW Senior Center you are greeted by warm, friendly faces. It’s easy to understand why so many members rave about this place. Positive comments about the food, the people -- both members and staff -- and the activities abound.

Laura has been coming to the Ballard NW Senior Center for three years. “I immediately felt at home,” she says. She has been impressed with the quality of the classes offered and enjoys helping with the four annual rummage sales that draw a large cross-section of people and raise money for the Center. Romance has bloomed for Laura as well. She met Chad at the Center, who drives there from Bellevue to play table tennis three times a week, and they are engaged to be married soon.

Jeanette is a member who started coming a few years ago and keeps coming back regularly because “she feels healthier and respected as a person when she visits.” At 75 she will soon learn to use a computer for the first time thanks to classes offered at the Center. “Coming here helps me grow as a person,” said Jeanette.

Ruth came to the Center to stay busy after she retired. Eight years later she has become an integral part of the Ballard NW Senior Center by starting the laughter yoga class and a sea glass class. She is also a board member, receptionist and co-chairs the bookstore operations. As a result of the many ways she supports the Center, Ruth was recently recognized with their “Volunteer of the Year” award. She likes the bottom-up operation where input from members is very welcome. “I find everyone here to be vibrant and accepting,” she stressed. “And Chef Bob serves delicious, imaginative and healthy lunches!” Lunch is served Monday through Friday as well as a dinner every Wednesday evening.

Enjoying the local senior center is not just limited to those who are retired. Pat started coming to the center 16 years ago when her doctor wanted her to get more exercise. She found a class she really liked and found it easy to come back since it’s close to home. She started volunteering at the front desk, took more classes, started organizing the monthly birthday celebrations and has made several new friends. “I miss the people when I’m not here and I’m always anxious to come back,” said Pat.

The Ballard NW Senior Center offers a large variety of classes such as exercise, art, languages, health and wellness which includes caregiving support. There are many opportunities to volunteer. One member commented that “because of my involvement at the Center I’ve changed from feeling 91 to 19.”

The center will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September by doing what it does best – serving some of its 400 members and over 3,500 yearly participants who utilize the center for tax help, flu shots, etc. Bastyr University physicians visit the center twice a week, every week, to offer free medical check-ups.


Central Senior Center Month

Central Area Senior Center

Tucked in a corner of the Seattle Central District is an unassuming building that houses the Central Area Senior Center. Once you step through the doors you know it’s a special place. Not just because of the stunning views of Lake Washington but because of the people inside -- the warmth and caring here is apparent and smiles are everywhere as music fills the air and the Center “Sliders” start their line dancing class. Monthly musical shows keep the music flowing at what the senior center deems the “Green Dolphin Street Lounge.” The next performance features a local 22-year old saxophonist who just recorded an album.

Kelsi Watson is a member who commutes, via shuttle, four days a week from Renton to the Central district. She passes two other senior centers on her way there but the vibrant culture of the Central Senior Center makes it worth the trip. “People here are like a second family,” said Kelsi. “Everyone is very welcoming.”

Kelsi, who is legally blind, enjoys playing Bingo every Tuesday and cheering the Sliders on from the sidelines at the Center or when they perform at the World Dance Party held every year in Seattle. She has made several friends since she started coming to the Center, including one who started attending church with her and another who invited her to Thanksgiving dinner last year.

Kelsi also receives support from fellow members of the Center when they pick out clothes for her during their regular shopping trips. “They know my taste and my sizes – it’s a big help,” Kelsi said. “I feel blessed to have found this center.”

There are numerous activities at the Central Area Senior Center including health and fitness programs, art, games, support groups, driver safety and trips to local casinos and zoos, to name just a few. The Center also has their own in-house band, the “Senior Strummers,” and a DJ that plays music during lunch which is served Monday through Friday.

The Central Area Senior Center will celebrate National Senior Center Month in September by doing what it does best – serving the hundreds of people who utilize the Center. Cost for an annual membership is $35 per person and $60 per couple. 


fresh food MOW


Home-bound Seniors Receive Fresh Produce from Meals on Wheels

Photo credit: Bryan Ilyankoff

Seattle Tilth and Senior Services have launched delivery of fresh produce with nearly 1,000 of Seattle Tilth’s Good Food Bags to older adults who receive Meals on Wheels in a number of Seattle neighborhoods. Deliveries will continue through mid-October.

“We know that research shows that adding produce to the diets of older adults has significant health benefits,” said Senior Services’ CEO, Dr. Paula L. Houston. “We have been exploring ways to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement our frozen meals and we are excited about this opportunity to partner with Seattle Tilth. It’s also a great time of year to enjoy fresh, sustainably grown produce.”

Seattle Tilth’s executive director, Andrea Platt Dwyer, explained, “Seattle Tilth is committed to making fresh organic produce available to all people at an affordable price point and at a convenient location. So we’re delighted to be able to reach home-bound seniors through this partnership with Senior Services.”

One Meals on Wheels recipient responded to deliveries, saying “I love the fruit and vegetables that you have been bringing the last few week. They are absolutely divine, especially the pickling cucumbers. I made my own homemade pickles! Thank you so much, I’m so grateful.”

This produce delivery is funded through a one-time supplemental allocation of federal Senior Nutrition Program funds, which are administered by Aging & Disability Services,  the Area Agency on Aging for King County.

Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels offers frozen home-delivered meals for older persons who are unable to leave their home to shop or prepare nutritious meals. The meals are prepared with the special dietary needs of seniors in mind and are adaptable to a variety of special diets. In 2014, Meals on Wheels delivered nearly 420,000 meals to more than 2,200 older adults in King County.

Seattle Tilth’s Good Food Bags are pre-packed bags of organically grown, local produce from Seattle Tilth Produce farmers and farm partners. They include four produce items, typically: one type of fruit, a leafy green and two vegetables (e.g. four apples, one bunch of kale, one bunch of carrots and one bunch of broccoli). They also include information that lists the produce in the bag, the farms from which the produce was sourced, nutrition information, cooking tips and one or two recipes using produce from the bag.


Senior Services’ Dr. Robin DiAngelo on KUOW

Robin DiAngelo, PhD, Senior Services’ Director of Equity, teaches anti-racism workshops across the country. She recently spoke with KUOW about the difficulty many white people face when they are asked to examine how racism manifests in their own lives.

Listen to the story here.


I&A: We Are Here To Help: 206.448.3110

We recently shared the news that Aging and Disability Services (ADS), made a significant change in how they are funding information and assistance services in King County.

We want to reassure our community that our I&A phone line, 206.448.3110, will remain in service.

While the ADS model will provide a new central information and referral number (to be announced in the future), Senior Services is the regional hub for Seattle, North King County and the Eastside.

Our I&A services are fully funded by ADS through the end of September and we also have transition funding through December as we work to implement ADS’ new information and referral model. We are working to determine how we will coordinate our efforts with ADS’ new model and their new phone number. However, we will continue to have our own I&A number. We are also exploring changes within our system that will allow us to offer an I&A program to the community that comes as close as possible to what we currently provide.

We want to recognize each and every one of our I&A staff who continue to provide high-quality service to our clients during a time of significant challenges. We also want to thank everyone who participated in advocacy efforts on behalf of our Information and Assistance program, in response to ADS’s changes in funding and service delivery model.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available. 

Summer Newsletter

Summer 2015 Newsletter

 In this issue: Helping seniors stay safely in their homes with Minor Home Repairs; our newest program to support our work, Transition Treasures; Meals on Wheels helps feed senior's pets; and more. Read the newsletter 
Photo: Dolores Jordan and Senior Services’ Jacob Squirrel.

Pride 2015

Senior Services at Pride Parade 2015

We had a great time at the parade. The response to Senior Services was SO positive; it really showed how much the community cares about our mission.

Check out the photos and videos on our Facebook page:

Photo Album

Video 1

Video 2

Thanks to everyone who joined us:

Staff: Norah Erwin Stewart (and family), Deborah Terry-Hays, Kailan Tyler- Babkirk, Leonard Luna, Tony Banks, Sarah Demas, Robin DiAngelo, Karen Bystrom, Sally Friedman, Janice Jaworski. Volunteer: Janet Reed: Alzheimers Group led by  Senior Services Board Member

Janet Ceballos (and family) and other Alzheimers Assn volunteers.

Hot Weather Tips

Hot Weather Tips

Be sure to take care of yourself as the temperature rises and check on any family members or neighbors who live alone.

Thanks to KING 5 News for their story about helping our Meals on Wheels clients get ready and to Safeway for donating extra bottled water for them.

Watch the KING 5 story here.

Need a cool place to hang out? Check out this list of cooling centers.

Tips from Seattle & King County Public Health

Save IandA

Help Us Save I&A for Seniors

June 24, 2015: Update on the recent decision by the City of Seattle Human Services Department’s Aging and Disability to make a radical change in the delivery of Information and Assistance Services (I&A) in King County .

This week, ADS confirmed that they will fully fund Senior Services’ program through September 30, 2015. Our community can count on the same level of service for seniors and adults with disabilities through that date.

Senior Services continues to advocate for a one year transition period with funding. At this point, ADS is working internally to determine if they can provide full or partial funding for our program just through December 31, 2015. This would mean that we may receive additional funding for October, November and December, but it may be at a lower level. We may not know the outcome of this work for a few weeks. Any additional funding beyond December 31, 2015 would have to come from the current Human Services Department budget or be a supplemental budget request by the Human Services Department to the Mayor’s Office and approved by City Council.

ADS has asked us to serve as the Eastside Region Lead (Hub) and we are interested in providing that service. The available funding would support a half-time position for outreach and coordination.

One important clarification is that the phone number for the new central access line will not be 211, but will be a new phone number that will require significant marketing support to ensure older adults and adults with disabilities are aware of it. ADS anticipates launching the new phone number in September.

At Senior Services, we are deeply concerned about our current clients and those who will need   reliable and specialized services tailored to support and empower older adults, people living with disabilities, and their caregivers in the future. We will begin working on determining how we can respond and provide this critical level of support to a very vulnerable population. 

We will also need to find funding to make this possible. We are continuing our advocacy efforts with state and local officials. We will also be reaching out to potential partners who have referred clients and patients to our I&A services.

For more information, contact Idabelle Fosse, 206.727.6237 or idabellef@info@SoundGenerations.org. She can keep you informed about the process and how you can help.



Senior Services Recognizes EnhanceFitness Instructors for 2015


Senior Services’ EnhanceFitness program recognized two Seattle area EnhanceFitness instructors at the annual EnhanceFitness Washington State Instructor’s Workshop held June 2 at Tukwila Community Center.  Stacy Burnham was named 2015 Washington EnhanceFitness Instructor of the Year and Bob Bell received the first-ever Community Builder Award


The participants in Stacy Burnham’s classes are effusive in their praise of her skill: “Stacy is very professional in an easy going way and makes our workouts enjoyable. She is very safety conscious and modifies each exercise for various abilities…We are so lucky to have Stacy as our instructor!” Ms. Burnham, an American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer, instructs at the Seattle Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) facilities of Cedar Park and Victoria Park Apartments in Northeast Seattle.


The Instructor of the Year Award is based on stringent criteria established by Senior Services’ ProjectEnhance team, the disseminators of this award-winning evidence-based physical activity program for senior adults


Bob Bell demonstrates the qualities of the Community Builder Award by creating a deep sense of community, which keeps participants coming to EnhanceFitness class. The results are clearly stated by one of them, saying “…participants indicate they have more energy and flexibility…Many have gone through heart, hip, and knee surgeries with higher and sustainable recovery rates than other seniors who do not perform regular physical activity. …our doctors are impressed with our program and recognize the better quality of life we are leading as a result of it.”


Mr. Bell began his journey with EnhanceFitness as a class participant and after seeing life changing health gains, trained to teach the program to other senior adults at the Kenmore Senior Program, part of the Northshore Senior Center.  Participants cited Bob’s sense of humor and enthusiasm repeatedly as the spark for the social interaction in this EnhanceFitness class that spills over into coffee chats, potlucks and monthly birthday celebrations.


Senior Services CEO Paula L. Houston congratulated Ms. Burnham and Mr. Bell, saying, “Our EnhanceFitness program has served more than 50,000 older adults across 31 states and has been proven to increase physical function, decrease depression, and improve social interaction while decreasing healthcare costs and unplanned hospitalizations. We are proud of our strong network of EnhanceFitness instructors; they make a profound difference in the lives of seniors by helping them combat the effects of age-specific health challenges by teaching the EnhanceFitness program in communities across the nation.”


Learn more about EnhanceFitness.


transportation funding

Hyde Shuttle Funding Challenges

The Hyde Shuttles offer affordable and accessible transportation to seniors and people with disabilities of all ages in many communities across King County. Recent policy changes at the federal level eliminated local flexibility for spending the federal dollars, resulting in a funding reduction of $232,000 per year. The funding cut is effective July, 2015.

We are working with local governments to prevent these cuts, so that we don’t have to eliminate five routes, affecting 500 riders, who will lose 14,000 rides over the next year. The demand for our service is growing, so this is not the time to be reducing service. We need to expand this program so that older adults and people with disabilities can stay connected with their communities.

If you would like to know how you can help with advocacy efforts or would like more information, contact Joanne Donohue, Vice President, Community Development at (206) 727-6206 or by email at joanned@info@SoundGenerations.org.

Learn more about the Hyde Shuttles here.

Inspire and Walmart Grant

Inspire Positive Aging Award & Walmart Grant

Senior Services CEO Paula L. Houston, Ed.D., presented the 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” to Eileen Broomell of SeaTac at the nonprofit’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 20. She also accepted a check for $60,000 from Deborah Herron of Walmart, in support of Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels program.


“Thank you to Walmart for their ongoing support of nutrition for older adults throughout King County,” said Dr. Houston.


"This is the fifth year in a row that Senior Services has been recognized with a grant from the Walmart Foundation Washington State Giving Council," said Deborah Herron, Walmart director of public affairs and government relations. "We are pleased that this partnership can continue and we look forward to working together to ensure that our friends and neighbors have access to nourishing foods."


Mark Stensager, Senior Services Board Chair, reported that Senior Services served nearly 72,000 older adults and their family members and friends in 2014 throughout King County. More than 3,800 volunteers supported the work of the professional staff. Senior Services’ 2014 Annual Report, with more information, is available online.

Dr. Houston shared key themes from the recent American Society on Aging conference attended by several Senior Services staff members. One is a shift from helping seniors live independently to ensuring that they are living “interdependently,” connected to people, places and things in their communities that will serve to keep them vibrant, healthy and fulfilled. She also addressed the need to elevate the issue of aging in the philanthropic community. The U.S. culture’s focus on youth has led to a loss of appreciation for the gifts brought to one another as people age; it is time to change our messages and inspire the philanthropic community to embrace seniors and aging issues as assets and a viable investment for the future.


The 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” recipient, Eileen Broomell, 89, is an educator, motivator, instructor, and a strong believer in positive thinking. Eileen has been a Red Cross volunteer instructor/trainer in CPR, first aid and water safety for several decades. She ran her own business as a canoe river guide for 27 years. Eileen was an instructor at Highline Community College, and also coached Highline's basketball and volleyball teams. In her retirement, she continues to teach health, wellness, and exercise classes at several senior centers. Today Eileen is regularly at SeaTac Senior Center three times a week for her Senior Working Out Class, and has formed a strong relationship with other participants. Eileen continues to embrace new adventures. She has undertaken road trips to Florida and Alaska, and plans to visit Montana and New Mexico this summer.


Ms. Broomell received two tickets from sponsor Alaska Airlines and her nominator, Kathleen Cummings of the SeaTac Senior Program, received a Barnes and Noble gift card.


Senior Services created the “Inspire Positive Aging Award” in 2006 to recognize older adults in King County whose lives inspire us about how to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity, hope, and energy. Public nominations are solicited each year and a committee of the Senior Services Board of Directors and staff members names the recipient.


The other nominees for the 2015 “Inspire Positive Aging Award” included:


Dorlene Agenbroad

Karen Artz

Dr. I-Jen Chen

Tom Conway

Edna Daigre

Delores DavisJoyce Ditz

Alice Dobson

Gary King

Jan King

Erlinda Lorenzo

Mabel McDaniel

Amy Nikaitani

Eleanor Owen

Louise Robert

Harald Sund

Etta Williams.




Zippy, the official Senior Spokesdog for Senior Services, says thanks to everyone who GaveBIG!


GiveBIG is a one-day, online  event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live.


We are deeply grateful to everyone who helped us raise nearly $32,000 for Senior Services and our participating Senior Centers! We will be able to report the final results in the next few days.

KING 5 did a great story on Senior Services and the Central Area Senior Center. You can watch it here.


·      Ballard NW Senior Center 

·      Central Area Senior Cente

·      Shoreline/Lake Forest Park Senior Center 

·      Sno-Valley Senior Center 

·     Senior Center of West Seattle 

·    Southeast Seattle Senior Center

We also want to thank the Seattle Foundation and all of the GiveBIG sponsors.


If you didn't see it, you can see the campaign on our Facebook page!


MOW share


Meals on Wheels Program Awarded $500 “Share the Love”


Senior Services, the provider of Meals on Wheels in King County, is proud to announce it has received a $500 grant from Meals on Wheels America for its participation in Subaru of America’s seventh annual Share the Love” 

event. During the event held from November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015, Subaru of America, Inc. donated $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including Meals on Wheels America, of which Senior Services is a member.

“This grant will purchase 235 meals,” said Senior Services CEO Paula L. Houston. “That represents more than 16 weeks of meals for one senior who otherwise might not get needed nutrition. Our Meals on Wheels program also provides vital personal connections for homebound seniors. We are grateful to Subaru of America and Meals on Wheels America.”

Senior Services participated in a commercial made to promote “Share the Love” and to raise funds and awareness of senior isolation and hunger in Seattle and King County. During the holiday season they promoted the event through social media.

“We greatly appreciate Subaru’s ongoing commitment to Meals on Wheels through its annual ‘Share the Love’ event,” said Ellie Hollander, Meals on Wheels America President and CEO. “Subaru of America and its local retailers across the country have truly become an extension of the Meals on Wheels family. Even long after this event concludes, Subaru helps us to deliver that meal, friendly smile and vital safety check that are so vital to millions of America’s seniors.”

"Subaru, our retailers, and our owners feel good about giving to organizations like Meals on Wheels, and that’s why we do the Subaru “Share the Love” event,” said Brian Cavallucci, Subaru of America’s National Advertising Manager. “Subaru is honored to have donated more than $8.4 million to Meals on Wheels over the past seven years, making a positive impact in local communities and the lives of our elderly loved ones.”

The 2014 “Share the Love” funds will continue to benefit local Meals on Wheels America Member organizations throughout the year through additional grant opportunities, Annual Conference scholarships and by sponsoring the organization’s March for Meals annual awareness campaign.


Senior Services’ Dr. Robin DiAngelo on White Fragility

Dr. Robin DiAngelo, Director of Equity for Senior Services, has been interviewed and published around the country recently. She demonstrates our commitment to equity and inclusion in work within Senior Services and throughout the community.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

White America’s racial illiteracy: Why our national conversation is poisoned from the start

In These Times of Racial Strife, A White Professor Explores The Prevalence of ‘White Fragility’

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is also an Associate Professor of Education. Her scholarship is in Whiteness Studies. Her research is concerned with the challenges of an increasingly white teaching force and an increasingly diverse student population.

She has twice been honored with the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She has numerous publications and

just released her second book, What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her previous book: Is Everyone Really Equal: An Introduction to Social Justice.

Volunteer Month

Volunteer Appreciation Month: April 2015


We love our volunteers! Thank you to the more than 3,800 people who help us support older adults and those who care for them.


All of our volunteers are invited to one of three special events, April 14, 16 and 21. Join us so that we can express our appreciation. Register here.

King 5

KING 5 Promotes Volunteer Transportation


Thanks to KING5 for a terrific story about our volunteer transportation program. Watch the video here.

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here.

Inspire Awards

Inspire Positive Aging Award: Nominations due April 27

Do you know an elder age 60 and older that lives in King County who inspires others in their community to age with grace, enthusiasm, creativity and hope?  Then nominate them today. Senior Services is currently accepting nominations for this year’s Inspire Positive Aging Award.  Anyone can nominate an elder. Learn more and find the nomination form.

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month

Photo: Volunteer driver Kathe Kern and client Tamaya Nomi.

Kathe Kern has been on the road for 25 years, and counting.

Senior Services volunteer driver Kathe Kern has always believed in giving her time to help others. With a degree in zoology and chemistry she began her first volunteer gig—reading and recording textbooks for blind students. But when her first son came along, Kathe found she could no longer make recordings. Babies are loud!

Fortunately, Kathe came across a Senior Services ad in the newspaper for volunteer drivers to take seniors to medical appointments. The gig seemed perfect as it allowed her to put her little boy in the backseat and take him along. Twenty-five years and four more boys later, Kathe is still driving. All five kids—one or two at a time—accompanied her as she went from her Mercer Island home all over the east side and Seattle with elders needing rides to the doctor.

Kathe says her boys learned valuable lessons from the experience. “I drove a woman who had cancer,” she remembers, “and she yelled at me. The boys’ eyes got as big as the moon, since they knew no one was allowed to talk to mom that way. Later I explained that the lady was very sick and maybe dying, and this is one of those times you have to be understanding.”

Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation program provides door-to-door rides to medical appointments and back for seniors who are not able to drive themselves or manage public transportation. Last year, 800 caring and dedicated people—many of them seniors themselves—volunteered to help elders get to their doctors.

According to Kathe, the rewards of driving are great. “It has been as good for me as for the people I drove,” she says. “They’re good company and we tell each other our stories.” The clients have been appreciative and always loved seeing Kathe’s kids.

Though the boys are grown now, Kathe still drives several times a week. “It gets me out of the house!”

Senior Services offers many fun, meaningful,  and rewarding volunteer opportunities. Please join us

Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting

You are invited to our Annual Meeting, May 20,  2 to 5 p.m., at the Des Moines Beach Auditorium, 22030 Cliff Ave S, Des Moines, WA.

The event is free and open to the public; reservations are requested by registering online or calling (206) 727-6267

The program will include light refreshments, exhibitor tables, an overview of Senior Services’ past year, and introductions of the Inspire Positive Aging Award nominees for 2015, and the announcement of the 2015 award recipient.

Exhibitor tables will be featured prior to the beginning of the program.  They will highlight local businesses, civic groups, and community partners who believe in the vision of Senior Services and want to share the way in which their resources can enhance the lives of others.

Thank You, Microsoft

Thank You, Microsoft

Information Systems Manager John Gleichman jumped up and down with excitement when he learned that Microsoft had donated software—valued at a jaw-dropping $944,000—to keep Senior Services’ technology up-to-date.

“This new software makes it easier and faster for our staff and volunteers to help seniors in the community,” says Gleichman. “I cannot say enough good things about Microsoft. They really care.”

From gifts at the holidays to contributions from employees, mission support grants, volunteers, and desperately needed software, our partners at Microsoft truly take philanthropy to the next level and beyond.

Fund for Needy Donors

Seattle Times Fund for the Needy Donors Give Record $1,287,878

One more round of applause for The Seattle Times' Fund for Needy campaign and everyone who contributed to raise an incredible $1.2+ million. That community support in the holiday season allows Senior Services and our nonprofit colleagues to continue helping people in need all year 'round. We are so grateful.

Read more about the campaign below.

Now that your 50

Things to Know Now That You’re 50: Launching New Workshops at Sno-Valley Senior Center


Those turning 50 – or finding themselves a few years into their 50s – know there are new things to learn for the next phase of life. However, many may not be looking forward to talking about aging and the issues we all may face.  Senior Services and Sno-Valley Senior Center will make it easy and fun for those attending a new series of workshops developed through Senior Services’ Aging Your Way initiative.

It’s a boot camp of topics packaged into four sessions that will prepare participants for the next exciting life stage. Topics include The Time of Your Life:  You Can Plan the Next 50 Years!; Take This Job and Love It:  You Deserve Sanity, Passion and Fun While You Work; Health and Care:  When You or a Loved One Needs Help; Death is the New Sex!:  No Longer a Taboo Subject, Make Positive End of Life Plans.

Taught by Aging Your Way Program Manager Dori Gillam, each session is two hours, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation. A new topic is featured each Tuesday evening, April 7, 14, 21 and 28. The series is only $100 when purchased in advance; $135 at the door (space available.)

Workshops are planned for other locations throughout King County in the coming months. Learn more and register here.

Emergency Kits

Home-bound Seniors Receive Free Emergency-Preparedness Kits


Theresa O'Neil greets Fran Donohue,
 Meals on Wheels driver for Senior Services.


Home-bound Seniors Receive Free Emergency-Preparedness Kits

American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish partner to provide supplies to some of King County’s most vulnerable residents


Meals on Wheels client Theresa O’Neil was, as always, delighted to welcome driver Fran Donohue into her cozy home with her week’s food delivery. But this day, Fran had an extra gift for her, thanks to Swedish and American Preparedness. Theresa’s eyes sparkled even more than usual, as Fran showed her the contents of her free emergency preparedness kit.


KING 5 News was there to capture this moment, and you can watch the video here

You can also see photos from this delivery on our Facebook page

American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish Health Services recently launched delivery of free emergency preparedness kits to 1,000 vulnerable, home-bound King County seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The kits provide emergency food and water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, thermal blanket, hand warmers and other items to help individuals during the critical first 72 hours of an emergency.

A recent University of Iowa study found that the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. In the Puget Sound region, such disasters as earthquake and inclement weather are most likely to impact these vulnerable populations.


“This is an opportunity to provide additional support to these older adults who may find it more difficult to obtain emergency supplies,” says Paula Houston, CEO of Senior Services. “It also allows us to address the larger issue of emergency preparedness with these clients and help them think about how to plan to connect with their caregivers or other means of support during an emergency.”


“American Preparedness is committed to ensuring that the public—especially vulnerable people like home-bound seniors—are protected during an emergency,” says Jeff Guite, President and Founder of American Preparedness Company.

Swedish and Senior Services have teamed up on a number of initiatives such as mobile mammography services and tailored health and fitness classes to improve the health and well-being of older adults. This is the first time the two organizations have combined efforts with American Preparedness to make an even greater impact on this community. As part of its ongoing Community Benefits Program, Swedish provided approximately $30,000 in funding to support this important initiative.

See more below about emergency planning


Giving Programs Brighten Seniors’ Holidays

Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our community partners’ Holiday Giving Programs, many older adults enjoyed a very merry holiday season. At a time when many local seniors may find themselves isolated, these programs bring great joy.

Thanks to Boeing, East Shore Unitarian Church, Facebook, Microsoft’s Giving Tree, Nordstrom, Regence, Symetra, and Wilson Law Firm.  Many of our seniors are on fixed incomes and your generosity proves that the holiday spirit is alive and well in King County. 

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Taking Care Of Mom & Dad
Taking Care Of Mom & Dad, a KIRO 7 Family Connection Special, shows four families and how they're coping with aging parents.

For the Media

Important stories involving seniors arise almost every day in our community. Senior Services is an expert source that can answer questions and provide information for those in the media. If you are a member of the press and have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Karen L. Bystrom
Director, Marketing and Communications
(206) 727-6209
Email Karen